...and the top buys to ease work­load

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - GARDENING AND PETS -

1. Gar­dena Com­bisys­tem Gut­ter Cleaner, £19.99, Home­base

Fed up with climb­ing lad­ders to get to the leaves and de­bris that have clogged up your gut­ters? Gar­dena’s come up with a new gut­ter cleaner at­tach­ment for its tele­scopic com­bisys­tem. It has sturdy bris­tles on one side and a pow­er­ful plas­tic scraper on the other to help get rid of all the rub­bish. It’s also fit­ted with a Gar­dena con­nec­tion, so you can con­nect it to the gar­den hose to achieve bet­ter re­sults with wa­ter. You need to buy the com­bisys­tem tele­scopic rod for the gut­ter cleaner sep­a­rately (it comes in two lengths, from £35.95). The rod can also be used with other at­tach­ments, in­clud­ing rakes, a fruit picker, broom and saw.

2. Wilkin­son Sword Ul­tra­light By­pass Lop­pers, £29.99, wilkin­sonsword-tools.co.uk

By­pass lop­pers are per­fect for green wood be­cause they give pre­cise, clean cuts and avoid dam­ag­ing the branch, with blades that are de­signed to pass each other smoothly as they cut. If you’re look­ing for a tool that’s es­pe­cially light­weight, with­out sac­ri­fic­ing any cut­ting power, these Ul­tra­light By­pass Lop­pers are the ideal op­tion. Made from strong yet light ma­te­ri­als, this lop­per can pro­vide the power you need while weigh­ing in at just 450g — half the weight of its tra­di­tional coun­ter­part. They min­imise phys­i­cal ef­fort and in­crease the ef­fi­ciency of each cut, and the by­pass non-stick coated blade is per­fect for young, green wood with the 25mm cut­ting ca­pac­ity pro­vid­ing a pre­cise, de­fined cut while the sap groove di­rects sap away from the cut­ting blade.

3. Bosch Cord­less Se­ca­teur EasyPrune, £85, shop. bosch-do-it.com

Take the strain out of prun­ing with these power-as­sisted se­ca­teurs. They cut through branches with a di­am­e­ter of up to 25mm ef­fort­lessly. A fi­nal­ist in this year’s RHS Gar­den Prod­uct of the Year award at the Chelsea Flower Show, the se­ca­teurs make light work of branches and don’t jam if they’re a lit­tle too thick. The power only kicks in when the han­dles are ac­tively squeezed to­gether, as they would be with con­ven­tional se­ca­teurs, and when the tool senses re­sis­tance. A choice of three dif­fer­ent set­tings also lets you ad­just the power as­sis­tance to your spe­cific needs.

4. Bur­gon & Ball Won­der Weed Puller, £19.99, burg­onand­ball.com

An­other fi­nal­ist for the Chelsea Prod­uct of the Year, this weed puller avoids any of the back-break­ing work in­volved with weed­ing lawns as it’s de­signed to be used stand­ing up, with­out bend­ing or stoop­ing. To re­move a weed in the lawn, in­sert the three rust-re­sis­tant stain­less steel prongs into the ground to sur­round the weed crown, ro­tate the puller through 360-de­grees and pull to re­move the weed with its root in­tact. Press a but­ton on the han­dle to jet­ti­son the weed into a bar­row for re­moval — you don’t even have to get your hands dirty.

5. Spear & Jack­son Ne­ver­bend Stain­less Steel Weed Fork, Hand Trowel and Trans­plant­ing Trowel, £13.49 each, Ama­zon.co.uk

Treat your­self to a fork and trowel set for the new sea­son to help you weed and plant with ease. This Ne­ver­bend range of­fers value for money, with sturdy blades made from mir­ror-pol­ished stain­less steel of­fer­ing pro­tec­tion against rust and min­i­mal soil ad­he­sion, which makes for eas­ier clean­ing. They are fin­ished with durable weath­er­proofed hard­wood han­dles to ex­tend their lives. I can’t per­son­ally vouch they will never bend — after all, ev­ery tool has its break­ing point — but they are cer­tainly bet­ter than av­er­age for the price.

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